Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), described as “outdated” the proposed hands-on style being promised by presidential hopeful Mark Neita. The two will contest local cricket’s top post at the JCA’s annual general meeting (AGM) on February 28. Heaven told The Gleaner that modern cricket administration convention dictates that the organisation is managed by a board and responsibilities are delegated. Neita said he would provide the association with the hands-on, in-office type of leadership, which, he believes, is vital to pushing the sport forward, but Heaven argued that ‘executive presidents’ are a thing of the past. “The issue of whether you have a hands-on leader or, as I interpret it, an executive president, is a no-no for me. There is no need for an executive president in sports or any well-managed corporate entity. That model has gone long ago. Even family businesses are looking for professional managers to manage and a board to formulate policies and direct the organisations. “So I believe this should continue to be the model of the JCA. We have a board, and that board will set policies, formulate strategies, and direct the management, and the management will carry out those responsibilities,” he said. BLURRED LINES OF RESPONSIBILITIES Heaven said that what Neita proposes could plunge the organisation into confusion. “To have a management and for the board to also manage would create chaos and confusion in the roles, the lines of responsibility, and the chain of command. So I would never agree with a president being an executive president in charge of the organisation in terms of its management, no. But we believe this model, this structure, should continue irrespective of who is here. It is the way modern organisations are going, not only sports organisations, but commercial organisations,” he said. Heaven says that their campaign theme is performance and not promise, and he strongly believes that he has led the JCA well during his time in charge and expects to continue leading the revival of Jamaica’s cricket after February 28. “When I took office, we saw a board managing the JCA, and we appointed a CEO after many years here without a CEO. We set the structure in place, and apart from the structure, we set systems in place, we formulated policies, and we have a JCA that is efficient, and we are proud of that,” he said. “Sustainability of any sporting organisation will not come through sponsorship. It has to come through your own initiative to generate income, and that is what we have done very well. Our cricket has some ways to go, but we have made sure to put in place a youth programme, which, over the next few years, will see some success in terms of our cricket development,” he continued. However, he anticipates a favourable result at the AGM. “I expect a good AGM. The membership has matured. We rely on information to our membership, so we have that information to provide to them. We are not expecting people to come and sit down. We expect them to ask reasonable questions, using reasonable tones so we can have a dialogue at the AGM that is appropriate and conducive to our AGM. We are very optimistic about the outcome of the elections, so we have a fair degree of confidence that we will continue to serve cricket.” Heaven, who was first elected in 2013, is seeking his third two-year term. firstname.lastname@example.org
A brace from Colombian midfielder Leicy Santos was all it took for Jamaica’s hope for a semi-finals berth in Pan American Games football to be dashed. The Hue Menzies-coached Reggae Girlz suffered a 2-0 defeat to Colombia in their second group match at Estadio Universidad San Marcos yesterday.Jamaica lacked the clinical ‘Bunny-effect’ of marquee striker Khadija Shaw as the team failed to register a single shot on target in what was a less-than-impressive attacking effort against their South American opponents.Heading into the game, the pressure was on the Jamaicans to salvage a result to keep their hopes alive after Mexico suffered a shock defeat to Paraguay to throw the balance of the group off-kilter.Jamaica went into the game with some confidence with the last meeting between the two sides ending 2-1 to the Girlz advantage.The pendulum swung in Colombia’s favour however as it took only two minutes before the first real chance of the game came off the feet of Catalina Usme who lofted her shot over the bar from six yards out. Constant Colombian pressure Constant pressure from the Colombians came to fruition in the 58th minute when Santos’ free kick found the back of the net despite custodian Sydney Schneider’s best efforts. Santos would return for the double in the 85th minute to guarantee the win.This result means that Colombia move to the top of the group with a superior goal difference over Paraguay, with both countries on four points each. Mexico slipped to third place with three points while Jamaica remains rooted to the foot of the table yet to register a point from two games. Other Jamaicans competing on the day included gymnast Danusia Francis who finished seventh in the final of the women’s beam final with a score of 11.733. American Kara Eaker won the event’s gold medal with a score of 15.266. In men’s squash, Jamaica finished ninth overall when they defeated Chile 2-0. Jamaica took the ascendency in the first two singles matches, winning 3-0 and 1-0. Jamaica return to action today when the men’s football team will go seeking for their first win when they face Uruguay. The match is scheduled to kick off 5:30 p.m at Estadio Universidad San Marcos Stadium. – Gregory Bryce
Former Holy Trinity striker Phillion Lawrence netted a hat-trick to guide Jamaica College (JC) to a comprehensive 7-0 victory over José Martí in Group E of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition at Old Hope Road yesterday.Lawrence, who made the move from Holy Trinity to JC at the end of last season, netted his goals in the fifth, 24th and 40th minutes.Tavar Lawrence (44th), Omar Thompson (49th), Shadane Lopez (54th), and Duncan McKenzie (67th) were the other scorers for the Davion Ferguson-coached JC. Ferguson said that despite his team’s wide margin of victory, there are still some areas that they need to work on going forward.“The scoreline was never important. What is important is the performance, and I believe that what we wanted to do in most parts we did,” said Ferguson. “We still have some things in terms of how we want to play, but all in all, it was a very good performance from us.”The victory puts JC in an early pole position of Group E after expected group rivals Wolmer’s Boys’ also put in a dominant display, easing by Vauxhall 5-0 at the Stadium East field.A brace from Revaldo Mitchell and Javier Lynch both, along with a solitary strike from Shamour Mclean was enough for the boys from Heroes’ Circle to come away with all three points.Wolmer’s missed plenty of opportunities earlier in the game and went into half-time leading 1-0. A second-half goal-frenzy, which saw them scoring four goals in quick succession, secured the wide margin of victory for the Alex Thomas-coached unit.Double goalscorer Revaldo Mitchell said the win was a positive indicator for his team’s preparedness, and he expects them to carry this form throughout the competition.“The game shows that we expect a good season. It was a good win and a fair game even though the weather affected us a bit,” he said. “We just brought and executed what we had trained for.”In yesterday’s other high-profile game, defending champions Kingston College got by Excelsior 4-0 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. YESTERDAY’S RESULTS Innswood 0-1 Greater PortmoreKingston College 4-0 Excelsior Jamaica College 8-0 Jose MartiWolmer’s 5-0 Vauxhall
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): New Windward Islands head coach, Andrew Richardson, hopes to mark his first season in charge with the capture of the Regional Super50 which bowls off next month. Speaking ahead of the November 6 start of the tournament, the Jamaican said winning was the most important thing, especially following last season’s debacle when Volcanoes finished one from bottom in their group and failed to qualify for the semi-finals. “Winning the tournament is the ultimate. We finished close to the bottom in our group last season. We do not expect to repeat that performance,” Richardson said. “Success is really all about winning. If we do not win, it does not mean we have totally failed, but every team enters a tournament to win and we are coming with an eye to win.” Volcanoes will do battle in Group B alongside last year’s losing finalists Guyana Jaguars, multiple-time champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, West Indies Emerging Players and United States. Group B is scheduled to be played at historic Queen’s Park Oval and Brian Lara Cricket Academy. And while Volcanoes will be hard-pressed to make it out of the group with more favoured sides like Jaguars and Red Force expected to advance, Richardson backed his side to frustrate the pundits. “We are not going to focus on just one or two sides. There are other teams in the group other than the Jaguars and Red Force,” he pointed out. “We have to play well against all teams. We have to play the game our way and try to execute our plans well.” Volcanoes will be led by former West Indies vice-captain Kirk Edwards and includes the likes of veteran batsman Devon Smith and former Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford. Two young, uncapped batsmen Desron Maloney and Dillon Douglas have been named in the squad, and Richardson believes selectors have struck the right balance. “We have a number of quality players. We have youth and experience, so we expect the senior players to play a major role in helping to shape the team,” he noted. “We expect a good showing in the Super50. If we plan the way we ought to do and we execute properly in each game, we expect to be in a good position at the end of the tournament.” He added: “[The] strength is definitely in our batting. We have a number of all-rounders which will allow us to bat down to numbers 10 and 11. Our bowling has been consistent over the last few years and we hope it remains the same.” Richardson said despite some interruptions from the weather, preparations had gone well, and both batsmen and bowlers had enjoyed success during the three practice matches possible. “We have been affected by the rain. This has not been a deterrent, however, and the players are still upbeat. They have been putting in the work,” he explained. “A few of our batsmen got hundreds in our practice matches and our bowlers are looking exceptionally well, so it is about putting it all together and winning as many games as possible.” Volcanoes open their campaign on November 7 against Red Force at the Oval.
APPRENTICE Christopher Mamdeen yesterday used 7-2 chance GOD OF LOVE to outbattle Canada-based Dane Nelson aboard hot favourite, PRINCE CHARLES, completing a two-timer on the 11-race card, applying finishing touches to the jockeys’ championship.Mamdeen, who started riding September of last year, extended what was already an all-but-impassable lead over six-time champion Omar Walker to 13 wins, opening the programme with all-the-way winner, STRUCK BY GRACE at five and a half furlongs.Astride GOD OF LOVE in the ninth, Mamdeen notched his 93rd win of the season in fine style, getting first run on early leader, K D FLYER, three and a half furlongs out, awaited PRINCE CHARLES’ challenge coming off the turn and repelled the favourite to the wire, winning by a neck in a quick 1:11.3.Ironically, GOD OF LOVE, who had won in a fast time with Dane Nelson last Saturday, running out of Anthony Nunes’ barn, returned to slam his former trainer, who had entered him on a $1m claim tag.Though suffering a tough defeat with PRINCE CHARLES, Nunes, already declared champion trainer, posted a big 27-1 upset with MAMACITA at five furlongs straight in the seventh.MAMACITA was the first of back-to-back winners for Aaron Chatrie over the straight course, returning to boot home UNKNOWN SOLDIER, who rushed past tearaway leader, JENSUNEERA STYLE, inside the last quarter-furlong.MAMACITA and 17-1 longshot, HERECOMESTHEBOSS, who made all in the 10th, forced a $4.4m Twilight Pick-6 carryover to next Thursday’s Boxing Day holiday meet, which will feature the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes at a mile.
Olympians Elaine Thompson Herah and Alia Atkinson are concerned about competing in a post COVID-19 environment. Both athletes were speaking on Thursday during a panel discussion on Zoom hosted by the Olympians Association of Jamaica. The topic was how athletes can maintain their fitness and training during the coronavirus pandemic. There has been a global shutdown of sports since March, but various leagues have begun to announce plans for a return to competition, with strict health protocols in place. Athletics has been affected by the pandemic with the delay of the World Athletics Diamond League season and the postponement of the year’s marquee sporting event, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, to July 2021. As countries are making plans to reopen their borders, Thompson Herah, the double Olympic sprint champion, says travel is a major challenge. “I’m excited to be back on the track, but the main fear is just travelling, overall,” she said. World Athletics recently released a provisional schedule for a revised Diamond League, which would begin in Monaco in mid-August and end in October. Jamaica’s Government reopened its borders on Monday for returning residents stuck overseas because of the pandemic while international visitors will be allowed into the country as of June 15. MENTAL BARRIERS FINA world champion swimmer Atkinson, who already qualified last August for the Olympics, is concerned about possible mental barriers that athletes will have to overcome to return to the pool. She said that the return to competition, initially, would be difficult, and that there are no plans for events this year, but that she expects a return for athletes to earn from competition. “There is nothing so far this year,” she said. “Next year? It’s going to be hard in the beginning, for sure, regardless. But if other people are competing, and that’s where you make your funds, I feel that people are going to show up.” email@example.com
Jamaica Jockeys Guild President Shane Ellis says the standard of riding has declined significantly since the resumption of racing at Caymanas Park almost a month ago. A number of the jockeys have suffered minor falls at the track in recent weeks since the restart of racing on June 20.“I think that riding can improve because we have a lot of good jockeys over here,” Ellis said. “I think once the riding is at a high level, then a lot more people will be attracted to the sport and that will be excellent for the racing industry.“Sometimes I am pleased with the riding and another time I am not, so a lot more can be done to improve it; and once we work together, then we are going to get there.”Apprentice jockey Tamicka Lawrence, who has been riding for almost two years, fell from BORN DIPLOMAT at the start of the sixth race on Sunday. NEEDS SPECIAL TRAINING Ellis said that many apprentice jockeys are in need of special training to improve their riding skills in the saddle.“I would like for stewards to go over some of the steps with the apprentices and to see if they will improve their riding abilities, because this is critical to the development of the industry,” he said. “I have been thinking about this for quite a while now and I am going to put this to the stewards.”Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Chairman Solomon Sharpe agrees with Ellis about falling standards. “There is always room for improvement, and given the break, riding is something that the more you do it, the better you get,” he said. “Given the break, maybe everybody is a little bit rusty, and it is harder for a younger person to come back and get acclimatised to riding competitively. “We have a good cadre of jockeys and fitness plays a lot into it, so I think as the jockeys get a little bit fitter, you will see them looking a little smoother in the saddle.” firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past three years City have begun pre-season with a friendly match against a local amateur team, and all profits from the games are split evenly between the Community Trust and the host clubs.Ashton & Backwell United, Portishead Town, Keynsham Town and Brislington have all benefited in recent seasons, and Hengrove are the latest to host City’s first team in the now annual Community Match.Hengrove play at Norton Lane in Whitchurch, where the capacity will be set at 1,909. They lifted the Les Phillips Cup in May, having beaten three Western League Premier clubs en route, including fellow finalists Willand Rovers.Hengrove’s squad is packed full of City fans, so this will be a dream come true for the squad, who all play voluntarily.Hengrove chairman Mike Greatbanks said: “This is fantastic for our football club and a great reward for the players who have put so much into the 2015/16 campaign, culminating in winning the Les Phillips Cup.“The opportunity to host Bristol City’s first team in a pre-season friendly is a real honour and the money raised from the fixture will set us up for the next five years – that’s how important it is to our club.”The club’s Community Trust team will be at the stadium from midday to engage with kids, offering free five-a-side football and skill challenges for youngsters.Amy Kington, director of Bristol City Community Trust, said: “For generations, an individual’s community served a vital role in offering camaraderie and acting as a support mechanism.“With society moving at a faster and more detached manner due to technology, busy schedules and job pressures, it has become tougher to feel that sense of community.“This is why this fixture is so important to us and the football family. Bristol City Community Trust continues to organise this annual event in order to ensure people of all ages feel a sense of belonging.”Head coach Lee Johnson added: “It should be a great day for the community and it’s a fixture we’re looking forward to kicking off our pre-season campaign.”Tickets will be priced at £7 for adults and £5 for under-16s. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.Previous Community Matches have always proved popular among City supporters, who are encouraged to pre-book their tickets online to avoid disappointment.Parking options are available on Norton Lane for £4 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The race takes place on Sunday, 23rd April 2017 and each runner will need to commit to raising upwards of £2,500 of vital funds for the Foundation.Anyone interested should email email@example.com and the places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. All money raised for Bristol Sport Foundation goes towards the planning and delivery of award-winning and life-changing programmes. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.bristol-sport.co.uk/community.